A Yemisi Jimoh, Professor

Office Information

Room 301
New Africa House
(413) 577-0543
(413) 545-2751



Current Course Information

Fall 2010 :
AfroAm 191A African American Short Stories
  AfroAm 392A Songbirds, Blues Women and Soul Women
  AfroAm 701 Major Works in Afro-American Studies I




Brief Bio
A Yemisi Jimoh teaches literature in the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst . Her research interests are in African American literary and cultural studies, critical race studies, and narratology. She offers courses in twentieth-century African American literature, with an emphasis on narrative, African American literary movements, and African American women writers. Professor Jimoh's published writings include the scholarly monograph Spiritual, Blues, and Jazz People in African American Fiction : Living in Paradox, articles in MELUS, African American Review , and Texas Journal of Political Studies as well as chapters in Contemporary African American Novelists and in the multi-award-winning (Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award and the American Educational Studies Association Critics' Choice Award) volume Race in the College Classroom: Pedagogy and Politics. She also is on the editorial board for the Journal MELUS and is a former visiting fellow at Harvard University's W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for Research in Afro-American Studies as well as a former participant in the National Endowment for the Humanities' Summer Institute on the Civil Rights Movement. Her ongoing research includes work on the political and cultural meanings of literary representations of war and patriotism by African American writers; issues of Pan-Africanism and Diaspora in African American literature and culture; and the cultural politics of group-name identifiers in African American fictional texts. Her co-edited and cross-disciplinary project, War, Freedom, and Patriotism: An Anthology of African American Writings, has been selected for inclusion in the Multiethnic Literatures of the Americas Series (MELA) from Rutgers University Press.

Curriculum Vitae


Spiritual, Blues, and Jazz People in African American Fiction
(University of Tennessee Press, 2002)

Sisterfire: Black Womenist Fiction and Poetry
"Peace Be Still"
(Perennial, 1994)